At the beginning of the 21st century, 76 per cent of marriage ceremonies were religious.
In 2000, the census indicated a slight rise in the marriage rate, five for every 1,000 people, which was attributed to couples choosing to marry at the start of the new millennium.
In Ontario and Manitoba, the period is three years, or one year with a child.
Under the , and spouses living in such unions have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples regardless of the number of years the couple has lived together.
During the Great Depression the rate fell, presumably related to high unemployment and negative economic conditions.
In 2016, 65.8 per cent of Canadian families were headed by married couples — down from 70.5 per cent in 2001, according to Statistics Canada.Age of newlyweds is also a key factor for first marriage dissolution.Teens who marry face a marriage dissolution risk that is almost double that of individuals who marry between the ages of 25 and 29, and people who wait until their mid-30s or later who have a 43 per cent lower risk.A common-law union occurs when two people live together in a conjugal relationship, generally for at least a year (or more depending on the province they reside in).Common-law couples in Canada have many of the same legal, parental and financial rights and obligations as married couples.